Make mom a delicious breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day and let your kids help! It’s easy to get children involved using simple meal prep guidelines. Not only will you end up with a delicious homemade gift, including kids in the kitchen helps them to feel valued and loved. It’s also a great way to teach them basic skills like counting and measuring, following directions, and proper kitchen hygiene. If you have picky eaters, including your children in the cooking process can help encourage them to try new things.
Choose Simple Recipes with Easy-to-Find Ingredients
Traditional griddle-cooked Fresh Toast is a delicious, straightforward recipe with a few simple steps. It calls for ingredients like bread, eggs, and cream—all mild tasting and not hard to find.
Teach Kids How to Clip Coupons & Find Sales
If you don’t get advertisements delivered in the mail, make sure you bring your local grocery store’s latest circular home. Younger children can circle the ingredients you’ll need as well as other deals at the store. Older kids can cut coupons out under your supervision. If you use digital coupons online, help kids log onto your account to find out what’s on sale and virtually “clip” coupons. After your shopping trip, show them the receipt so they can see how much they helped save!
Let Kids Make a Shopping List
If they’re old enough to write, kids can make a list of their own. Older ages can read recipes themselves and write their own lists based on what you already have at home. Younger children will get a sense of accomplishment helping you cross each item off the list. And don’t forget to ask kids to help you search your pantry/fridge for items you already have. Helping you to find items in grocery store aisle can also help kids to become more budget conscious. This recipe calls for the French toast to be topped with fresh berries—most kids love to choose berries and other fruits at the store. Want something different? Let them pick out their own favorite fruit, fruit curd, candied nuts, or flavored syrups.
Use Easy Cooking Tools
We used a non-stick griddle pan because it makes things easier. Ours is part of the copper cookware set collection at Copper Chef. The clean-up afterwards is minimal making it perfect to use with kids. They can rinse the pan off afterwards with soap under the sink. Or, put your kids in charge of dishwasher duty!
Measuring, Mixing, Dipping, Dusting!
Let Kids Measure Ingredients
Use a recipe that isn’t too complicated. The French toast recipe we used is ideal for getting kids involved and for helping them get used to measuring. Counting out six eggs is a great exercise for the younger ones. Older children can measure some of the other ingredients like vanilla extract or brown sugar with measuring spoons and measuring cups.
Depending on the ages of your children, supervised egg whisking can be a great way to teach your child simple cooking skills while helping them to feel involved. Our recipe calls for a traditional egg batter that children can then use to saturate each piece of bread. You can even help them set up a dipping station. What child doesn’t like dipping?
Prepare for Serving
The beauty of homemade French toast is that you can top it any way you want. This recipe calls for powered sugar and fresh berries. Older kids can help cut fruit if supervised. For younger kids, mixing up your berries or placing them on top of each dish before serving is a fun and easy meal prep “job” they’ll enjoy. You can also help them dust the French Toast with powdered sugar or decorate with whipped cream. Or any other special toppings they choose!
- Preheat griddle over medium heat.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, vanilla, brown sugar, maple syrup and salt.
- Dip the bread in the egg batter and place on the griddle.
- Cook until golden brown, on each side, about 3 minutes per side.
- Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and fresh berries or toppings of your choice.